Cadillac has always been associated with luxury cars with a certain bold American attitude, and that truly is what Cadillac is all about. But recently, the automaker, which moved its sales and marketing operations in 2015 to New York City, is becoming a serious player in auto racing, and it’s been keeping quiet about it. So knowing Cadillac, the car maker likes to go big time, and with some sort of bang. Caddy is entering a new racing series with a new car that looks pretty amazing. So amazing that the new car looks like something that Batman would have created. On Wednesday, Cadillac revealed its new DPi-V.R and announced that it will be the Caddy’s official entry at the WeatherTech Sports Car Championship Daytona Prototype International series. The said international racing circuit is the complicated sort of its type in endurance racing, and basically, there are two groups that compete: prototypes and sports cars.
Prototypes, like the new Cadillac, are the most exotic vehicles at the race. They’re test beds for new technologies and endurance racing is where they face their strictest and most strenuous test. At the Rolex 24 race next year in Daytona, Florida, which is where Cadillac will make its debut, the cars run for 24 hours. The sports cars category is race-car versions of normal road cars. So whether you see a Corvette, Ford, or Ferrari on the running strip, they’re just scaled up racing car versions of whatever road car they mimic. However, they aren’t as fast as the prototypes, since the prototypes are race cars in themselves. Two teams will take to the Daytona International Speedway at the end of January using the new Cadillac DPi-V.R prototype that looks like the Batmobile and would have made Batman or Robin proud. Everyone is so excited since the DPi-V.R race car is an exciting new canvas for the Cadillac design and sculpting team.
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The Cadillac team responsible in creating the DPi-V.R embraced the opportunity to interpret the Cadillac form language, line work and graphic signature for this premier prototype racing application. Every detail of the final design was selected to support the car’s on-track performance while never compromising on the unmistakable Cadillac presence. Making the DPi-V.R run like a Batmobile is its 6.2 liter V-8 engine, related to the 640-horsepower Cadillac CTS-V motors, according to Cadillac officials. In the race car, it will crank out 600 horsepower and send all that miles per hour running power to the rear wheels through its hardy and race-worthy transmission. The Dpi, by the way, stands for Daytona Prototype international. The DPi-V.R uses a Dallara chassis, one of four approved constructors in the Prototype class. All in all, the racing engine’s displacement echoes some of Cadillac’s street vehicles. According to a statement from Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac’s president, “Cadillac is proud to return to the pinnacle of prototype racing in North America after a 14-year absence.”